CDBG Program

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federal grant program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG is a formula grant allocated to local governments for the purpose of developing viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low and moderate-income.  

Each year, the City receives approximately $200,000 of CDBG funds from HUD for local community development, housing activities, and public services. The City administers the distribution of funds to service providers and for capital projects. Regulations governing the CDBG program require that each activity meet one of the following three broad national objectives:

  1. Benefit people with low and moderate incomes
  2. Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight
  3. Meet an urgent need (such as earthquake, flood, or hurricane relief)

The following examples of the activities and services that the City has implemented with CDBG funding: 

  • Niguel Woods Street Improvement project
  • Sea Country Senior Center Expansion project
  • Fair Housing and Tenant/Landlord Counseling Services
  • Services for youth, senior, persons with disabilities, and homeless

Notice of Availability of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds for Fiscal Year 2024-2025

The City is accepting applications from interested, existing tax-exempt California non-profit organizations that provide eligible CDBG services benefiting lower-income Laguna Niguel residents.  All eligible applications will be reviewed by a Grants Ad Hoc Committee of the City Council.   This committee will make recommendations to the City Council on funding allocations to service providers. The City Council will hold a public hearing at a later date to review the Ad Hoc recommendations and make the final award determinations. 

Applications will be accepted from January 3, 2024, until 5:00 P.M. on February 2, 2024, at the City of Laguna Niguel offices and via email. Applications may not be sent by facsimile and no extension of the deadline will be granted.   Applications may be photocopied but must be signed by the official authorized to act on behalf of the applicant (electronic signature is acceptable). Questions regarding the FY 2024-2025 CDBG public service grant application process  should be directed to CDBG@cityoflagunaniguel.org

Notice of Availability - CDBG Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) FY 22-23

The City's CDBG CAPER for FY 22-23 (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023) is available for public review and comment between August 31, 2023 through September 15, 2023. On September 19, 2023, the City Council will conduct a public meeting to consider the report before submitting the report to HUD.

Notice of Public Comment Period and Public Hearing - 2023-2024 Action Plan and 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan Amendment

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires an annual Action Plan that outlines the City’s use of CDBG funds for one year. HUD has notified the City it will receive $336,131 in CDBG funds for FY 2023-2024; $37,362 in prior year CDBG funds is also available for programming in FY 2023-2024. The City may allocate a maximum of 15% of FY 2023-2024 CDBG funds to public service providers; therefore, a total of $50,419 is potentially available to public service providers. The remainder of available the funds are allocated to City initiated capital improvement projects that benefit low- and moderate-income Laguna Niguel residents ($282,578) and program administrative costs ($40,500).

Along with the annual Action Plan, HUD requires the City of Laguna Niguel to prepare and adopt a Consolidated Plan for the City’s CDBG Program every five years. The Consolidated Plan is a long-term strategy for using the City’s CDBG funds over five years (FY 2020 through FY 2024). The Consolidated Plan identifies prioritized programs to assist the City in providing decent housing and suitable living environments, addressing community service and facility needs, and expanding economic opportunities for primarily low- and moderate-income persons. An amendment to the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan is proposed. The amendment will add a new five-year goal to allow for the use of CDBG funds for Housing Related Programs. No additional changes to the Consolidated Plan are proposed. 

The City Council has established an Ad-Hoc Committee to review public service provider applications for FY 2023-2024 CDBG funds, which met on February 22, 2023. The recommendations of the Committee will be considered at the April 18, 2023, City Council meeting. The City Council will establish final funding levels for public service programs, administration, and capital improvement projects in the FY 2023-2024 Action Plan.

Notice of Availability of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds for Fiscal Year 2023-2024

The City is accepting applications from interested, existing tax-exempt California non-profit organizations that provide eligible CDBG services benefiting lower-income Laguna Niguel residents.  All eligible applications will be reviewed by a Grants Ad Hoc Committee of the City Council.   This committee will make recommendations to the City Council on funding allocations to service providers. The City Council will hold a public hearing at a later date to review the Ad Hoc recommendations and make the final award determinations. 

Applications will be accepted from January 3, 2023, until 5:00 P.M. on February 3, 2023, at the City of Laguna Niguel offices and via email. Applications may not be sent by facsimile and no extension of the deadline will be granted.   Applications may be photocopied but must be signed by the official authorized to act on behalf of the applicant (electronic signature is acceptable).

Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) and Public Notice

The CAPER is a summary of the progress toward meeting the goals and objectives outlined in the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action for that reporting period.

2022-2023 Annual Action Plan

The Annual Action Plan serves the following functions: 1) a planning document and expenditure plan for the City; 2) an annual application for federal funds under HUD’s formula grant programs; 3) a strategy for the upcoming fiscal year that describes programs and projects to be undertaken to meet established goals; and 4) a basis for assessing performance. The 2022-23 Annual Action Plan satisfies the requirements to receive CDBG funds from HUD.

2020-2024 Consolidated Plan

The 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan is a comprehensive assessment of the City's housing and community development needs and sets forth a plan for addressing those identified needs within the context of the CDBG program. The Consolidated Plan will cover the five years of Fiscal Year 2020-2021 through Fiscal Year 2024-2025.

  If you have any questions, please email CDBG@CityofLagunaniguel.org.

2-1-1 Orange County

2-1-1 Orange County offers a comprehensive information and referral system linking Orange County residents to community health and human services and support. Callers seeking assistance can dial 211 (toll-free) or (888) 600-4357  24 hours-a-day and be connected to trained, multilingual Information and Referral specialists.

Fair Housing

The City contracts with the Fair Housing Council of Orange County to provide fair housing services. The agency works to fulfill a mission of protecting the quality of life in Orange County by ensuring equal access to housing opportunities, fostering diversity, and preserving dignity and human rights. If you have been the victim of housing discrimination or have a landlord/tenant issue, call (714)569-0823 or go to the Fair Housing of OC’s website.